Barbara Schaffner Permanent Collection Opens At MDHC
July 15, 2020 | View PDF
The MonDak Heritage Center is pleased to announce that an exhibition of artwork from Wheatland, WY artist Barbara Schaffer's permanent collection will be on display through Aug. 29.
Born in the colorful gold mining town of Cripple Creek, CO, Barbara moved as a child to Wyoming. She knew from the time she was small that she would be an artist. She has an associate degree from Eastern Wyoming College, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in fine art and art education from West Texas State University.
Barbara has resided in a number of communities over her career, including Sidney and is now based in Wheatland where she has owned and operated Wyoming Trails Gallery since 2001. She also teaches workshops when requested. She appreciates a chance to give back by helping other artists learn.
A professional artist, Barbara has shown in galleries in seven western states and Canada. A few of her awards and honors include acceptance into the CM Russell Western Art Auction, Great Falls; 2003 Wyoming Ducks Unlimited Artist of the Year, Jackson, WY; Rough Rider International Art Show Grand Purchase Award, Williston; 2 Shot Goose Hunt Art Show Purchase Award and Saratoga Art Fest Painting Category 2nd place.
The American Quarter Horse Association named Barbara the 2018 America's Horse In Art artist.
Montana Governor, Ted Schwinden, unveiled her historic painting, "The Far West's Epic Run" at the grand opening of the MonDak Heritage Center in 1984. That painting was purchased by the MDHC and is the centerpiece of the current exhibition. Also featured from the MDHC Permanent Collection is her painting of "Lewis & Clark at the Confluence" which is also featured in the wayside exhibit at Fort Union National Historic Site.
The MonDak Heritage Center is located at 120 3rd Ave SE, Sidney and is open Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturdays from 1-4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information call 406-433-3500 or e-mail [email protected]